Maranti Joins Network Appliance™ Partner Program to Deliver Tiered Disaster Recovery and Data Migration Solutions

San Jose, Calif. - March 14, 2005 - Maranti, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent storage infrastructure solutions, today announced it has joined the NetApp Partner Program. As part of this program, Maranti will work with NetApp to offer customers scalable storage solutions to help them manage complex data storage environments that lower the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Additionally, the Maranti CoreSTOR family of network storage controllers is being qualified with NetApp unified storage systems. Certification will help customers receive advanced storage services such as block-level mirroring, Snapshot™ technology and replication for data protection and business continuance, and virtualization for storage consolidation. These storage services will provide for a highly scalable storage network infrastructure benefiting from improved performance and high availability.

"The NetApp Partner Program empowers our customers with joint solutions that meet and simplify their data management needs at a low cost," said Patrick Rogers, vice president, Products and Partners Marketing at Network Appliance, Inc. "In this case, the NetApp architecture and Maranti's CoreSTOR network storage controller-once certification is complete-will enable replication and data migration across heterogeneous storage subsystems to provide customers with a combined solution to centrally manage diverse storage architectures."

"Maranti will focus on utilizing NetApp storage systems, including NearStore®, as companies look for tiered disaster recovery and data migration solutions," said Kevin Bushnick, vice president of Business Development, Maranti, Inc. "Since Maranti CoreSTOR is a purpose-built, block-level network replication solution, customers will benefit from the combined technologies delivering enterprise-class scalability with superior performance and availability."

About Maranti CoreSTOR
The Maranti CoreSTOR network storage controller allows customers to manage and replicate heterogeneous storage resources with zero application downtime, reducing the storage total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing system availability. The Maranti CoreSTOR System consists of:

  • Maranti CoreSTOR 3000, a high-availability, 128-port multi-protocol platform with storage service processing at each port, targeted at enterprise data center deployments
  • Maranti CoreSTOR 2000, a high-availability, 16-port multi-protocol platform with storage service processing at each port that can easily be integrated into remote office or remote data center deployments
  • Maranti CoreSTOR Storage Services, software that delivers block-level virtualization, mirroring and replication across heterogeneous storage arrays
  • Maranti STORIANManager, a powerful, scalable, centralized storage management interface that simplifies management of heterogeneous storage environments.

About the NetApp Partner Program
The NetApp Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software development kits, technical support, training, certification, product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers benefit by having access to best-of-breed partner solutions that are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on the NetApp Partner Program is available at http://partners.netapp.com/.

About Maranti
Maranti's CoreSTOR™ system provides the industry's first enterprise-class network storage controller. CoreSTOR enables deployment of a highly scalable, highly available storage infrastructure, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership by delivering wire-speed virtualization, replication, and mirroring at every multi-protocol port. For more information about Maranti's proven solutions for data migration, data life cycle management, disaster recovery, and storage management, visit http://www.maranti.com or contact a Maranti Solution Expert at 1.408.834.4000 or info@maranti.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statement regarding the Maranti CoreSTORÔ family of network storage controllers being qualified with NetApp unified storage systems, is a forward looking statement within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement regarding future events or the future financial performance of Network Appliance, Inc. that involves risks or uncertainties. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider various factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated, including without limitation: continuing decline in the general economic conditions, customer demand for products and services, customer acceptance of product architectures, increased competition, inherent risk in the international operations, and other important factors as described in Network Appliance, Inc. reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its mostly recently submitted 10-K and 10-Q.

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Rich Mullikin
Maranti (Trainer Communications)
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Katryn McGaughey
Network Appliance, Inc.
408-822-3856
katrynm@netapp.com